1958 Country Sedan project

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  1. Jairus

    Jairus Well-Known Member

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    1958 Ranch Wagon project

    Hi, I am Jairus Watson, a graphic designer and professional illustrator. Recently I purchased the Seattle Lutheran High School project car. The purpose first of which is to provide me wheels once again since due to the financial downturn, lost everything but my breath and a bicycle.

    The car as it sits today with nothing left but dreams and a 1/4 tank of gas.
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    The goal is a machine I can take to car shows as a vendor selling my original line of hot rod tee-shirts. To that end I plan to decorate it with a combination of surf and mild hot rod motifs. Of course the wipers, dash lights and radio HAVE to be fixed very soon... but my eventual inspirations will be something along these lines...

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    Of course a set of Torque Thrust wheels are out of the question in lieu of more logical things... LIKE A WORKING SOUND SYSTEM! (Dick Dale will rock!)
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    Okay, ordered some parts and spent a lot of time exploring the car trying to figure out what to do first. Incidentally, work won't go fast due to limited income. But then being an artist, I tend to examine all angles before pulling the trigger anyway.

    But... utilizing photoshop I spent a few hours playing with ideas.
    The first is a play on the 1958 two tone Country Sedan Fordor Fairlane trim version.
    The wood framing will be hard rock maple framing bolted to the body with plated bolts and a printed decal representing the trim. (not crappy shelf paper wood grain mind you... but UV protected professionally printed vehicle wrap material. Of course I will be doing all the manual labor. The flat black paint will be Rust-oleum satin black.

    The framing around the windows.... would have to be hand painted and the jury is still out on that feature. Surf decals are a must however.
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    This is version #2, a very simple play on the 1957 Country Squire. Probably easiest to produce.
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    This one is a complete knockoff of the 1957 Squire trim but... the bad part of this one is the fact that the door locks run into the trim! (same above) Means moving the lock cylinder into the wood, and might require some sort of extension to transmit the tumbler action into the lock mechanism so this one is at the bottom of the proposal list.
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    Better keep looking.....
     
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    One thing about drawing cars is the chance to explore phantom vehicles that were never built... such as the following Pontiac and Olds.
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    The wood can go pretty much anywhere! But one thing I didn't want was to lower the forward spear as much as Ford did on the actual 1958's! THEY did it in fiberglass but I have to do it in wood. Which means a bit of steaming, bending and carving to get all the bits to fit tightly against the curvy sculptured sheetmetal of a 1958 Country Sedan. Sooooo, this is my compromise design that is as close to a 1958 but leaves the forward spear mounted above the sheetmetal fender break line. The design retains the quarter dip with an additional detail to make it mine design alone.
    I added my surfboard to this one...... what do you think?
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    Note that the lock cylinder is clear of the wood. The design remains on mostly flat sheetmetal (tailgate I might skip on this one), and I left off the wood painted posts as I don't really think that adds anything. Oh... I GOT to do something about those exhaust tips too...
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    I like version 1 best. That blue Pontiac looks great!:thumbs2:
     
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    Wow! Welcome and i love the look of the first one =)
     
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    Are we voting? I like the first one also (y)

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    I'd have to say this is the best so far:

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    But I'd go with a gloss black myself, that's just me.
     
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    I'm so sorry but I LIKE 'EM ALL!:dance:
     
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    I first really started seeing the flat black "rat rod" paint effect on this forum. I kinda like the semi gloss black effect myself.
     
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    do me a personal?....photoshop the wood on the BLUE?

    im strange that way....the only thing i like better than 'shiny' paint ...is rust;)
     
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    Rev,

    I will do just that!
    ...er, when I get home. Have to head out and sell t-shirts at a car show all day today. Post a new version in the evening.

    J
     
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    Jairus Well-Known Member

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    Couple more ideas using the current blue suede paint, first with red wheels.
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    The second with less "in your face" cream colored wheels.
    (Incidentally my actual surf board is more cream color anyway...)
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    Hmm, maybe some chrome wheels?
     
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    well...i like the blue waaaay more !!!

    gotta go with Mike tho...the Reds trying to hard....the Creams to close to the trim colour....
    just some plain ol Chromies and moons should do the trick(y)
     
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    Glad to see the '58 Wagon found a good home. I enjoy your mock ups of what you envision the wagon to be.

    I look forward to seeing your wagon progress. I have a '58 2 door wagon I am working on , and have a '58 4 door parts car. I am in the Willamette Valley of Oregon as well, so if you need anything I'll keep my eyes out for it.

    Don
     

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